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Cuba Wins Baseball World Cup Friendly

Cuba Wins Baseball World Cup Friendly

CUBA – The Cuban National Team completed an impressive five-game sweep over Puerto Rico Tuesday night with a lopsided 13-0 victory at Latin American Stadium in Havana. The Cubans outscored the visitors 39 to 10 and limited Puerto Rican hitters to a run or less in four of the Baseball World Cup tune-up contests.

Cuba used a five-run fifth inning highlighted by a mammoth home run by outfielder Alfredo Despaigne to claim a 5-1 win in the series opener. Norberto Gonzalez and Yadier Pedroso both tallied three strikeouts apiece in stellar one-inning relief appearances.

Skipper Alfonso Urquiola’s lineup of reserve players earned a 4-1 decision in the second encounter before the two sides put on a 10-7 slugfest in Game 3 with Cuba pounding out 16 hits, including three two-baggers and four long balls.

The Big Red Machine drilled two more home runs in Game 4 as Danier Hinojosa threw four frames of one-run ball, and finished off the sweep with a 13-0 blowout victory in the series finale.

SERIES-AT-A-GLANCE
Game 1: Cuba 5, Puerto Rico 1
Game 2: Cuba 4, Puerto Rico 1
Game 3: Cuba 10, Puerto Rico 7
Game 4: Cuba 7, Puerto Rico 1
Game 5: Cuba 13, Puerto Rico 0

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About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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